‘Fabric Look’ in Why Tile Inspiration Gallery
May 23rd, 2019

In honor of #NationalTextilesDay, we’re sharing some of our favorite ceramic tiles made to look like textiles. Incorporating the look and texture of linens and other fabrics, gives your space a good base layer to build on. See examples of this tile style in the Why Tile Inspiration Gallery.WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20192


Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at Coverings for Forbes
May 16th, 2019

Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at @Coverings for @Forbes. Standout trends included moody marble looks, dimensional whites, tropical florals and more. Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2019/04/19/design-biz-pros-share-their-coverings-tile-show-takes/#1eb42de33f04WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-5 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-6

CTDA Technical Committee Update
May 14th, 2019

by Frank Donahue, CTDA Technical Committee Chairman, Best Tile


1.  Work continues by the ANSI A-108 committee to establish guidelines for the application of large format gauged porcelain tile to exteriors using a direct bond method.

This guideline has major potential to open building exteriors as an additional surface for the use of porcelain tiles.


2.  Discussion continues with regard to the variety of training available in the marketplace for contractors that install large format gauged porcelain tile with the goal of ensuring that training is sufficient, and it aligns with the qualified labor language in specifications or installation instructions.  Not all training is the same but should meet a minimum criterion that will ensure a proper installation.


3.  The TCNA Handbook committee is working with Scott Conwell from the IMI to propose an outreach to the architectural and design community that promotes knowledge of the TCNA Handbook.

A great deal of work has been accomplished by the TCNA Handbook committee to create and perfect a usable body of knowledge and the next step is ensuring wide dissemination of this information.


4. I encourage our CTDA members to get involved on the CTDA Technical committee and to attend our industry technical meetings.  CTDA members have an important role to play in the education of the consumer and installer of ceramic tile, porcelain and stone products.  It is critical that the CTDA membership provide 2-way communications to the industry committees on issues from the field as well as to the installation community on matters addressed by the industry.


2019 Tile Trends: Textured Tile
May 9th, 2019

Sticking to a monochromatic pallet? Textured tile is a great way to add visual interest without introducing too many colors. It also provides a tactile quality that’ll have your guests walking right up to touch the walls. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/04/2019-tile-trends-textured-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-3 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-4

Mirrored Tile
May 2nd, 2019

Nothing throws light around a room like mirrored tile can. From reflective glazes on 3D ceramic, to completely mirrored glass tiles, there are loads of mirrored tile styles that can turn an everyday space into a jewel box. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/03/2019-tile-trends-mirror-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20192

Tile America Announces Supplier of the Year
April 26th, 2019

NEW HAVEN, CT, April 26, 2018 – Tile America is proud to announce Island Stone with their “2019 Supplier of the Year” award. For over ten years, Tile America has been recognizing one industry partner each year for an exceptional level of service; high quality and innovative products, on time delivery; responsive field support and product training; effective sales promotions and marketing.

“Island Stone is the go to for spa-like projects with their innovative flat pebble stone product that is soft to the touch and inspired by organic shapes in nature.”  said Lana Camera, Product Manager & Showroom Coordinator for Tile America.

Island Stone’s goal is to reflect nature’s raw, exotic beauty by offering a wide range tile collection which boasts Indonesian Pebble Tile, to Asian contemporary within a variety of looks woven throughout the collection.  The Island Stone team strives to maintain a strict level of quality and consistency from their choice of materials to manufacturing.


Tile America’s Purchasing Manager, Laurie Ruotolo, said, “Island Stone is awesome with confirmations, solving problems, and conveying any issues with orders.”
Tile America suppliers are nominated and chosen by Tile America employees.  The award was presented at the annual industry trade show, Coverings, which was held in Orlando, Florida in April.

About Tile America

Tile America has been a Connecticut based family business for over 50 years. With seven showrooms, Tile America offers an endless selection of quality products, highly specialized design consultants and an exceptional experience, every time.



From Left to Right: Jeff Nibler, COO/President of Sales at Island Stone North America | Brian Knies, Owner/President of Tile America | Right: David Menez, National Account Manager of Island Stone North America


For more information contact: Cailin Cerruto | Tile America | ccerruto@tileamerica.com

Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality
April 17th, 2019

Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality which will take place at Qualicer 2020. Also participating on the panel are Federica Minozzi, CEO of group Iris Ceramica and Alfredo Peña, CEO of Graiman.


QUALICER, the forum for ceramic tile, originated in 1990 when the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Navigation, and the College of Industrial Engineers joined hopeful expectations, efforts, and resources in creating an event exclusively dedicated to the ceramic tile sector, a watershed event in the history of such a dynamic and powerful sector, which has been the true engine driving the economy of this Mediterranean province.


QUALICER was born as a modest forum for debate on tile as a product; it became a world congress on ceramic tile quality, and later not only addressed the quality of the process, the product, and tile installation, but also the quality of every element involved in the complex network of the ceramic business world.


In the course of the years, QUALICER has matured and extended its frontiers, consolidating itself as a key international event for the world of ceramics.

More information may be found here: http://www.qualicer.org/en/rick-church-executive-director-of-ctda-confirms-his-participation-at-qualicer-2020/

CTDA is excited to announce the 2019 Supplier of the Year, Crossville, Inc!
April 10th, 2019

Last night at CTDA’s Coverings Happy Hour, Crossville, Inc. was announced as the Supplier of the Year. This is Crossville’s THIRD time winning this award and is the first supplier to do so!

The Supplier of the Year award, which is voted on by CTDA’s members, recognizes domestic and international supplier(s) who provide the most value to our distributor members and the ceramic tile and stone industry.

Congratulations, Crossville, Inc.!



Crossville, Inc. staff receiving their award from CTDA’s President, Rudy Llerena of D&B Tile Distributors.

March 18th, 2019


(ARLINGTON, VA—March 18, 2019) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will give back to the local community through a range of charitable initiatives at this year’s show in Orlando, Florida from April 9-12. Continuing its tradition of supporting the host city, Coverings will partner with both Clean the World and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.


“Coverings wouldn’t be possible without the support of our host cities, so it’s incredibly important that we give back to the communities that welcome us each year,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “With so many industry professionals gathering in one place, we are honored to band together to benefit the area and build even deeper connections here.”


For a second year, Coverings will continue its partnership with Clean the World, assembling and providing hygiene kits for veterans’ associations in the Orlando area. Participants, including the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Tile of Spain, Ceramics of Italy and Coverings exhibitors Mapei and Florida Tile, will meet on Monday, April 8 for Coverings’ official service event, assembling kits onsite with daily items like toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes, lotion, Chapstick and more. The group hopes to double the output of last year’s initiative, with the aim of creating 1,600 kits for distribution to local veterans and will include handwritten notes within each kit as a thank you to those who have served their country.


“We’re excited to bring the initiative to Orlando and build on the success of Clean the World’s 2018 partnership with Coverings in Atlanta,” said NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga. “This joint service event brings the industry together for a truly positive and energizing start to the show, while generating immediate impact for those who have served our country living in our host city.”


Coverings 2019 also marks a continuation of the show’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In collaboration with both Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka and Freeman – the general service contractor for the show – Coverings will donate tile and building materials to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes for those in need. The three organizations will work together during show breakdown to identify and collect usable tile, stone and other products from exhibitor booths.


Additionally, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and 21 of its members will continue their generous support for Orlando-area pets through TCNA’s tiled doghouse program at Coverings 2019. Showcasing tile’s versatility and style, participating members will design and build custom tiled doghouses. During the show these one-of-a-kind, handmade creations will be on display at the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (Booth #4209), where attendees can see the craftsmanship firsthand and meet furry friends from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. A donation ceremony will be held in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th.


“We’re honored to bring the tiled doghouse program back to Coverings as a creative and charitable way to showcase the beauty and versatility of tile,” said Kathy Meyer, TCNA director of marketing. “We invite Coverings attendees to visit the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard to see these incredible works of art generously provided by our members, meet the dedicated volunteers from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and learn more about how this program benefits pets in the local community.”


Coverings returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 9-12, showing the latest and greatest from over 1,100 exhibitors. For more information, and to register to attend, visit coverings.com.


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Coverings Social Media


Twitter:@Coverings, #Coverings2019


Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow



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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show areThe Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER),Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica,National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and theTile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed byTaffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visitcoverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

Announcing Masterful E-Learning Modules For Wholesale Distribution Industry Branch Managers
February 28th, 2019

(Syracuse, NY – February 28, 2019) Jim Ambrose, best-selling author and a leading authority on wholesale distribution, has just launched a series of e-learning modules for branch managers that will enhance operations and lead to improved profitability.

With more than 40 years’ experience in the wholesale distribution industry, Ambrose has expertly packaged the multi-module series to include essential business skills and time-tested leadership techniques for branch managers to be successful in this constantly evolving sector. The programs teach how to motivate and engage employees to increase their job satisfaction, while aligning the operation to maximize overall profitable share gain.

“I’ve been providing consulting services and coaching on wholesale management for a myriad of businesses across North America for decades,” said Ambrose. “Additionally, my webinars have been highly successful in reaching a broad branch management audience, allowing me to effectively share my experience and insights. Now, this new

e-learning program expands the reach of my messaging, conveniently providing branch managers with the necessary business and employee interaction tools to enhance productivity and profitability.”

Internationally recognized for providing a roadmap for success in the wholesale industry, Ambrose is making the e-learning workshop series available as digital content, for easy access anywhere with an internet connection. There are two featured workshops to choose from: the sales management focused Cracking Accounts: The Ultimate Toolkit for Sales and The Complete Jim Ambrose Masterclass, with sales techniques, financial analysis, management insights, leadership skills and employee engagement tactics.


To learn more on this new e-learning offering, visit www.jimambroseworkshops.school.


Ambrose has an outstanding track record of assisting hundreds of companies striving to improve their performance. For more information on all of his programs and services, including client reviews, visit www.jimambroseworkshops.com

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